Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detailed view of Ohio State Buckeyes helmets prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State hires Arkansas DC Chris Ash to be Co-DC per Pete Thamel

According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, the Ohio State Buckeyes have hired Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash to be their co-defensive coordinator.  The Buckeyes had already come to agreement with defensive line coach Larry Johnson to replace Mike Vrabelwho went to the Houston Texans.  Ash comes in to replace Everett Withers, who was the co-defensive coordinator last season along with Luke Fickell.  Withers took the head coaching job at James Madison.

This reignites a rivalry between Ohio State and Bret Bielema, the head coach of the Razorbacks.  Previously, he was the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.  Ash had been the defensive coordinator under Bielema not only at Arkansas but at Wisconsin with him as well.  Like Withers, Ash’s speciality is working with defensive backs, which was a big issue this past year for the Buckeyes.  They had a lot of talent but were constantly in problematic situations and missed plays.  The Buckeyes were hugely impacted by the loss of Christian Bryant to an ankle injury early in the year, but the secondary just never played up to their talent level, which was integral in both of their losses.

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  • Nick Garrison

    Bielema LOSES again to Ohio State….maybe he is used to it by now…

    Losing record vs OSU as a player
    Losing record vs OSU as a coach

  • Gary

    Now get rid of Fickel and get a good defensive coordinator and get the Buckeye defense back to what they used to be.

  • Michael Richards

    Arkansas defense was ranked 88th last year and Wisconsin’s never broke under 23rd with him ? Am I missing something, this has to be some sort of a joke. There is no doubt that this will be one of the biggest mistakes we’ve made thus far, I can guarantee at least 4 to 5 losses next year with this defense. And an offense that is only going to get worse.